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There is so much to be grateful for today.  It may not seem like it with all of the political turmoil and senseless violence that is going on here in the USA; but there really is a lot to be grateful for.

The work that I am currently doing, the work that is planned for my future.  The people that I meet daily and that I get to work with, hangout and live with.  Life is truly wonderful!

So once again, I am grateful for life and for remembering to write this post before I crawled into bed.

Food Glorious Food

Today – I am gloriously grateful for the ease with which my body is nurtured…

There is a plethora of choices in all departments; fruits, berries, vegetables, grains, oils… truly an eden’s bounty — all within a short walk.

Fresh water, fresh “farm to table” sources of nutrition. Snacks; sweets.

I am so grateful for the ease with which I may sustain my body’s nutritional health — allowing me to live and learn more without the burden of malnutrition and hunger.

Wow! so blessed in this area…

And it would be a bit remiss of me not to mention… choosing our food wisely, in a manner that doesn’t support pain and suffering on the planet — and honoring the life given to sustain one’s own by living as righteously as possible. A personal choice to be sure. (more info here)

Values

If we are lucky, when we were young, our parents were around and they taught us some values.  As we grow there are lessons that are taught to us every day.  Some of those lessons would include new values.  The wonderful thing about values is they are objective.  Everyone’s values are different; now some people may have the same values and this is what draws them together.

Tonight I am grateful for my wife, for her health and most recently for her support; something that she gives me when she believes in what it is that I am doing.  This latest endeavor would be so much harder if I did not have her support.  So I am grateful and I thank her.

Rihanna

There are so many reason to be grateful for Rihanna…

She brings it so strongly in her music – in her voice. And, um… daaaammmmmmmnnnnnn!!

But tonight? Right now?

I’m grateful for this song, right he-are:

what ever gets us through the night…

i usually like to do this “live time” – posting it in real time.

but life has been a bit rockier then usual of late — and i don’t trust that i will get this done tomorrow… who knows what tomorrow holds?

and I know I need to tighten up my spending a bit, at least for a while… and don’t want to hand more free coffees over to my brother.

so, this is scheduled — to go live at midnight Wed.

and I’m grateful that my mother is still alive

It is that time of year again….

We are now into the second week of my favorite season; and it came in strong, letting us know that it was here in full force.  Where I live, the temperature reached at least 107 degrees, although my wife tells me that the thermometer by the p00l equipment read 113 degrees on one day.  I love it!  I don’t know why I like the heat more than the cold, but I do.

So today I am grateful for the heat of summer and more importantly, that I have a swimming pool that I am able to relax in!

Freedom

I have written a few times about the choices that we face and the power that it creates for us.  We are faced with multiple choices every day; some are small choices and some have a huge impact on our lives.  If we have faith and believe in ourselves, ask for guidance, we usually will make the right choice.

I have had many “life” choices this past year and half and I have prayed on them, asked guidance from friends and family and I am happy to report that I have received good advice from all three; and I am very happy with where I am currently at in life.

I am grateful for the choices that I have had to make and I am looking forward to many more.

sanctuary

tonight i am grateful for a place of peace, a place called home
i’m grateful for everything that leads me there – and the people in my life that bring it

My Mom

Today I am back in the United States of America, after spending six days with my mother and two of my three siblings, in Nicaragua.  My brother, sister and I traveled down there to help celebrate our mother’s 80th birthday with her.  She has been traveling to Nicaragua for the past twelve years and she moved there permanently over three years ago; she is a resident of Nicaragua.

It was a great trip and I am very happy that we have finally made it down there to see the places and meet some of the people that my mother talks about.  It was also very eye opening to see a country that does not have the economic strength of a country like the United States.  It rained almost every day, so the jungle and surroundings were all green; it is a beautiful country.  I am grateful that we made the trip, that we traveled safely and that we were able to spend time with our mother and her friends on this birthday week.

I am absolutely GRATEFUL that I now know that even being so far away from her family, here in the United States of America, my mother has friends and “family” who watch out after her and who are there for her in her new chosen home of Nicaragua.  Every where we went, whether our mother was with us or not, when someone found out that we were Margie’s hijos, they told us how much they loved our mother and what a wonderful person she is.  I do not worry about my mom as much, now.  She is well taken care of; and if you know my mother, she acts like she is 50 or younger.

I look forward to my next trip down there and I hope to bring my family with me, this next time.

Time to travel

Today I am in Nicaragua; I just arrived yesterday.  I am here to help my mother celebrate her 80th birthday.  This is my present to her.  Usually she has to travel back to the states to visit her children and grand children.  This time, my two sisters and I are making the trip to her.

I am very grateful that I have a mother who is still healthy, very mobile and acts like she is fifty rather than eighty.

I am grateful that I have the time to travel, so that I can make this trip.

Happy birthday mom!  I love you!